Durbin, Kirk Want To Clean Up Chicago River

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) — Both of Illinois’ U.S. senators say it’s time to take steps toward cleaning up the Chicago River.

With the stinky Chicago River as a backdrop, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Sunday that now is the time to clean it up.

“Today we know that this river needs help,” Durbin said.

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Durbin and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and other politicians went on a water taxi tour of the river and, like Durbin, Kirk said he was willing to go to bat for federal money to help with the cleanup.

But Kirk sounded less urgent.

“I’m an economic conservative that wants to cut spending in Washington because we’re borrowing over a trillion dollars a year. My greatest hopes are on the Gang of Five, which Senator Durbin is part of, to put together that effort,” Kirk said. “We’re not talking about doing this today. This is a goal.”

Locally, on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board, there’s a disagreement about how much to clean up the river.

  • tom Sharp

    Does everyone in office have selective memory? Didn’t we already pay tens of $millions to clean the damn river. Didn’t Daley, as usual, take credit for doing it with support from the doting media. Why isn’t the river clean? just like the question of why do the schools suck after the “education Mayor ” ran them 15 years with wide-spread media plaudits.

  • Mr. Justice

    The economy is in the toilet, crime is out of control, and these two goofy senators want to clean up the river? Come on, prioritize!

  • Mark Kirk

    Why don’t you two just blow it out your ass. I got elected and if I want to take a free boat ride and talk about squandering tax dollars, that’s what I’ll do.

  • Billion$

    There’s no way they will ever clean up that hopeless sewer. $pend the $$$,$$$,$$$.$$ on something that really matters—instead of forcing us to shell out tons of our paycheck to give to their friends. 95% of that river (AHEM) “clean-up” money would go into their corrupt pockets anyway….it’s all wasted and the river will still be the sh!t hole that it is.


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